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Luxury Homes: November 2009
Rookie standout Brian Orakpo buys in Leesburg. Plus—deals by Kara Kennedy, Tim Geithner.
In Virginia: Redskins rookie defensive end Brian Orakpo bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Leesburg for $940,000. The 8,372-square-foot house has a home theater and three-car garage. Orakpo was the Skins’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft.
Business executive Tom DePasquale bought a seven-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial on Southdown Road in Alexandria for $4.9 million. The Nantucket-style house is on a waterfront lot with a dock and boat lift. DePasquale is executive vice president of technology at Concur, which provides corporate travel-and-expense-management software.
In Maryland: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his wife, Carole, bought a rambler in Bethesda for $950,000. Geithner was head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before being sworn in by President Obama in January.
Kara Kennedy sold a three-bedroom, four-bath Colonial in Bethesda’s Wood Acres neighborhood for $845,000. Kennedy bought the house for $840,000 in 2008. Daughter of the late Ted Kennedy, she is on the board of the Washington-based National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Businessman and philanthropist Melvin Cohen and his wife, Ryna, bought a two-bedroom, four-bath condo in Chevy Chase’s Parc Somerset for $3.6 million. Cohen is former owner of the local film-processing company District Photo.
In DC: Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin and his wife, Nicole Elkon, bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in Wesley Heights for $3.2 million. Former president of the Hartford Financial Services Group, Wolin is a veteran of Washington, having worked at Treasury, the CIA, and the Clinton White House.
Energy executive James Connaughton and his wife, Susanna, bought a six-bedroom, eight-bath home on University Terrace in Kent for $3.2 million. Built in 2008, the 9,100-square-foot house has a mahogany-paneled library, a theater room, and a wine cellar. Connaughton—chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush—is head of corporate affairs and public and environmental policy at Constellation Energy, a company based in Baltimore.
Conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru and his wife, April, a public-policy executive, sold a recently renovated three-bedroom, four-bath Victorian rowhouse on Massachusetts Avenue on Capitol Hill for $827,500. Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review. April Ponnuru is executive director of the National Review Institute, a think tank tied to the magazine.
Carey Winfrey, editor of Smithsonian magazine, and his wife, Jane, sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Reno Road in North Cleveland Park for $1.1 million.
Fred Finelli sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Tudor-style home on Garfield Street in Wesley Heights for $2.02 million. The house, which listed for $2.25 million, has a kitchen with cathedral ceilings and a rear terrace and garden. Finelli is a surgeon and president of the medical staff at Washington Hospital Center.